Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

House Republicans Unveil Bullet Points for Obamacare Repeal

Avik Roy co-founder and president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity joined the conversation via satellite What's the future of health care after Obamacare?
Ron Matthews | 18 February, 2017, 07:08

The proposed rules aim to keep insurers in the market during a transition to a new system. Ryan also cited comments by Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, who said at a conference on Wednesday that the law is in a "death spiral." The speech showed that his primary interest lies with issues such as immigration and renegotiating trade deals rather than health care, according the the Wall Street Journal.

The CBO has said repealing the mandate would increase insurance premiums by roughly 20 percent. Although House Republicans' proposal leaves some questions unanswered, it does provide some big clues as to how health insurance is likely to change for all of us in a post-Obamacare world.

This news from Humana should light a fire under every member of Congress to work together with Secretary Tom Price to rescue Americans trapped in the failing Obamacare exchanges before even more individuals have no insurance options next year.

It's a good thing all those efforts failed; it is patently obvious they had no idea - all that time - how to replace it.

Four million people could lose life-saving treatment if government officials take back Medicaid expansion and eliminate health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which requires mental health and addiction coverage. It will be critical for all of us to stay in the conversation over the coming months to let our state and national legislators know that affordable access to health care for all of us is a top priority.

The Republican proposal would make it easier for people to buy insurance from a company in another state, one of the key improvements Trump promised for his Obamacare replacement.

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Still, Caroline Pearson, senior vice president at consulting firm Avalere, says some change is needed. It would shorten the enrollment period in which those in the individual market could enroll for Obamacare. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), who sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, said a refundable tax credit may be "a better way to proceed" than a tax deduction. Some lawmakers had also talked about decoupling HSAs from high-deductible plans to allow more Americans to contribute. The uncertainty "is making it very hard for health plans to participate in the exchange", he said. On one hand, this is logical: Health insurance premiums go up as you get older.

You may not qualify for continued coverage.

Healthcare advocates at the rally said repealing the ACA would impact the more than 50,000 people in New Mexico who have signed up for individual plans too.

"The Republican plan would not do that, and would result in many more low-income people losing out on coverage if they couldn't find the money to pay the gap between their fixed tax credit and the cost of a health plan". The Better Way health-care plan of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also called for using the state innovation grants to give states flexibility to lower the cost of care for high-need patients.

Taxpayers may still owe the penalty if they don't have coverage, however.

Pearson at Avalere says the combined actions by HHS and the IRS could lead healthy people to drop their insurance coverage.

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